Samsung unleashes Galaxy Tab S; the lightweight Android tablet

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The tablet market is predominantly ruled by Apple with its iPad which has been around for quite some time now. While Samsung has tried its bit with the Galaxy Tab and Note series, the company has failed to replicate its Galaxy smartphone formula in the tablet space.


But with the new Galaxy Tab S series, the Korean major has finally managed to match-up with its competition and offer a high-end premium device for one and all. The Tab S series comes in two form sizes; 8.4 inch that directly competes with the 7.9 inch Apple iPad Mini while the iPad Air faces some serious threat from the 10.5 inch variant of Tab S. The bigger variant carries its own sense of functionality combined nicely with premium aesthetics and that drab looking GalaxyS5-like back cover.

The tablet sports a 10.5 inch Super AMOLED 2560x1600 pixels display and runs on Android 4.4 KitKat OS. It packs the 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU clubbed with 3 GB RAM and offers internal storage of 16/32 GB expandable up to 128 GB, a common sight these days. With an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash and 2.1 MP front snapper, Samsung is targeting photo enthusiasts who have an appetite for both aspects.

The Tab S is not only competing on the hardware front, Samsung has managed to fit in a 7900 mAh battery into a 6.6 mm thin Tab S that weighs similar to iPad Air at 467 grams. The Fingerprint sensor on the Home button also gets added but no sign of the health-centric heart-rate monitor on this lightweight slate.

The 8.4 version of Tab S carries the same hardware forward but at 298 grams and with a smaller 4900 mAh battery, Samsung has got the iPad Mini riddle all but solved. Both the devices are expected to be available from next month onwards in US with other regions slated to get a launch date in the coming months.